|Using Maxton's GP10 rear shock, Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze overcame difficult weather conditions at the weekend to edge ever closer to clinching the Eastern Airways 'Battle of Britain' British F1 Sidecar Championship. The Anglo-French pairing took two wins and a second from the 3 races held at the Anglesey circuit just off the coast of North Wales and, with two rounds remaining, now hold a 65-point lead over nearest rivals Allan Schofield and Steve Thomas.
Held on the picturesque 1.550-mile coastal circuit, Tim and Gregory got their weekend off in fine style when they took yet another convincing pole position, a time of 1m08.901s seeing them over half a second clear of nearest rivals Ben and Tom Birchall. However, the good weather for the qualifying session was soon replaced by torrential rain and strong winds and all three races would be hard going for the strong 22-outfit field.
A sluggish start in race 1 on Saturday saw Tim down in third at the end of the first lap and with it difficult to get heat in to the tyres and visibility severely reduced by the spray from the outfits in front, it was hard work getting close enough to pass but eventually he made it up to second on the 9th of the 14 laps. By this time, the Birchalls had opened up a significant lead and so Tim and Gregory had to settle for second place on this occasion.
|Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze enjoyed a superb two days of racing at Donington Park over the weekend when the duo clinched the Eastern Airways 'Battle of Britain' F1 Sidecar Championship. The Anglo-French pairing took two wins and a second from their races to wrap up the title with a round to spare thus crowning an excellent first season together. The victories took their tally in Britain for the year to 12 and came soon after an excellent second overall in the World Championship.
Having taking second in qualifying, just three tenths of a second behind the pole position time of Ben and Tom Birchall, Tim got his weekend off to the perfect start when he won Saturday's 10-lap race by almost seven seconds. The race was held in difficult, wet conditions but Tim and Gregory grabbed the holeshot and led from start to finish in convincing fashion.
Sunday dawned dry and sunny and the opening 10-lap race saw Tim and Gregory go head to head once more with the Birchall brothers. Tim led on the opening two laps but on lap 3, the duo had a coming together at the Esses and Tim spun out of the action. He rejoined in 5th place and had managed to fight his way back up to second place by the chequered flag. There was to be no mistake in the third and final race though and, after slotting in to second at the end of the first lap, Tim moved by Allan Schofield/Steve Thomas a lap later and promptly pulled away eventually taking the victory by a commanding 13.6s. The victory gave them an unassailable lead in the Championship.
|Tim Reeves wrapped up his highly successful 2010 season at the weekend with yet more wins, this time at the World Sidecar Festival at Mallory Park. The recently crowned British Champion took 1st and 2nd in the final two rounds of the Eastern Airways 'Battle of Britain' F1 Championship and repeated those results in the two Dave Roberts Invitation races.
Having qualified in 2nd place behind regular sparring partners Ben and Tom Birchall, a strong start in the opening 17-lap British F1 race saw Tim and passenger Gregory Cluze slot in to 2nd place behind the Birchalls but try as they might, they could find no way through and had to settle for 2nd at the chequered flag, just under 2 seconds adrift. There was to be no such problems in the 2nd race though and Tim and Gregory were able to lead from start to finish. Despite having to contend with a slippery circuit, they extended their lead on each and every lap and eventually ran out convincing winners by almost 20 seconds. The win, their 13th from 22 races, saw them end the season with 453 points, a whopping 102 points clear of the second place Birchalls.
In the Dave Roberts Memorial Invitational races, Tim and Gregory finished 2nd in the first race, again behind the Birchalls, after a sluggish start left them in 5th at the end of the first lap but they made amends in the 2nd to take yet another victory in a race that was cut short due to rain. With Tim and Gregory joint on points with the Birchalls for the Dave Roberts Trophy, Tim was awarded the prize thanks to his fastest lap in race one thus adding yet more silverware to his impressive haul in 2010.